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Hussam al-Saray
Al-Mutanabbi is an open book, bearing symbols that are deeply etched into the body of today’s Baghdad. The street has no endpoint. It does not start...
Friday, November 14, 2014
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Khalil Sweileh
Damascus - At the age of seven, Nasreddine al-Bahra found himself inside the maze of a huge library filled with Arabic and French books. The child...
Saturday, September 15, 2012
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Leah Caldwell
In Amir Taj al-Sir’s novel, The Grub Hunter, we meet Abdullah Farfar, an aspiring novelist. It’s clear that Farfar isn’t the most likely candidate...
Thursday, August 30, 2012
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Rasha Hilwi
Akka – The dream began when Palestinian poet and journalist Bashir Shalash (b. 1978) was living in Berlin during his studies. He had nowhere to sleep...
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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Hussam al-Saray
Iraq novelist Zuhair al-Jezairy, like most of his contemporaries, blossomed in his native country before Saddam Hussein’s era, which forced him into...
Thursday, July 26, 2012
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Mohammad al-Hajj
Yassin al-Haj Saleh was on his way to becoming a physician. But the detention and incarceration of the Syrian writer in 1980, when he was a 20 year...
Friday, July 13, 2012
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You would not know it. If you navigate in all the English language blogs, websites and newspapers dealing with the Middle East, you would not have...
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Antoine Shalhat
In 1967, Ghassan Kanafani participated in a debate on “The Current Position of the Arab Novel” with Halim Barakat, Zakariya Tamer, Yahya Haqqi, and...
Thursday, July 12, 2012
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Mohammed Shoair
Egyptian writer Bahaa Taher, born in 1935, is the author of several novels which deal with the themes of blood feuds, sectarianism, massacres of...
Sunday, June 24, 2012
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